A bit dated but I quite enjoyed it, I have some quibbles with his definition of the North! I thought it was going to be a basic travelogue but he had some interesting snippets of history about the various destinations.What did you think of this, Danny?
That would be "The Pie At Night". There's the obligatory references to the legendary toughness of 'Toon lasses, but he does go further afield and deeper than that. I'd recommend it - you can get it from Amazon, of course...I'm trying to get the companion book about North night life, however I have a feeling there'll be a lot about Newcastle girls in very skimpy dresses in Arctic weather.
Will you forgive that this conversation reminds me, as an outsider, of this?A bit dated but I quite enjoyed it, I have some quibbles with his definition of the North! I thought it was going to be a basic travelogue but he had some interesting snippets of history about the various destinations.
I'm trying to get the companion book about North night life, however I have a feeling there'll be a lot about Newcastle girls in very skimpy dresses in Arctic weather.
I started it on my Kobo, so it'll take a bit longer to finish than most others I "read," but yes, it is Max Gladstone and I am enjoying it so far. For some reason, I was expecting sci-fi, but it's such a good twist on traditional fantasy that I am in no way disappointed.If that's the Max Gladstone series you're considering it is one that I have enjoyed it a lot, it does bring some fresh ideas to epic fantasy.
I've read a few of his Gray Man books but I wasn't aware of Red Metal, cheers, I'm going to get it asapGoing to start Red Metal by Mark Greaney. He was writing books under the Tom Clancy franchise and has now branched out write his books. Red Metal is the Red Storm Rising for the modern age.
I enjoyed the new Aaronovitch.I read Ben Aaronvitch's False Value. I've always enjoyed the Rivers of London stories and this was no exception. After the series tied up some long-standing plot threads in the previous book this is a relatively stand-alone novel although the ending does set up some potential plots for future books. Most of the book focuses on an investigation into a company set up by a secretive Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur who has set up his new business in London (which may be secretly using some potentially dangerous magic as part of its technology stack). Aaronvitch always likes throwing in lots of references and this time there are lot of references to Science Fiction (the entrepreneur having an obsession with naming things after The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy) and board games, as well as Peter's usual observations about London. The central mystery is interesting, and some extra complexity is added by a rival group trying to investigate the same mystery who don't trust Peter and The Folly to investigate properly. Peter is always a fun narrator and he does get some character development here as he is starting to take on more responsibility both in his professional and personal lives. For most of the book the stakes perhaps don't seem quite as high (or as personal) as in some other books, so it's perhaps not the most compelling of the books in the series but it is still a very entertaining book to read.
Next up I think I'll read Arkady Martine's A Memory Called Empire, which I've heard several good things about.